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Joint degrees in African Studies, East Asian Studies, or European and Russian Studies with the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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    Program Overview

    These joint degrees are for students wishing to address the cultural issues rooted in environmental dilemmas. Students in these three-year joint degree programs  earn a Master of Arts degree (MA) from Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) in one of three areas — African StudiesEast Asian Studies, or European and Russian Studies — and one of four degrees from the School of the Environment (YSE) — Master of Environmental Management (MEM),Master of Environmental Science (MESc), Master of Forest Science (MFS), or Master of Forestry (MF).
     
    Pursuing a joint program reduces the total time of study by one year.

    African Studies

    The joint degree is aimed at students wishing to address the cultural issues rooted in environmental dilemmas.  By integrating the study of environmental sciences with a cross-disciplinary exposure to the arts, history, cultures, politics, and development of Africa, students can go on to a doctorate or seek a terminal M.A degree before entering the business world, the media, or government service. The joint degree is strongly supported by the Yale Council on African Studies, and the Macmillan Center.

    For the Master of Arts Program in African Studies, a student may choose one of the following areas of concentration: history; anthropology; political science; economics; sociology; arts and literatures; languages and linguistics; religion; environmental and development studies. The joint program requires twelve non-YSE courses: two compulsory introductory interdisciplinary seminars, Research Methods in African Studies (AFST 501) and Topics in African Studies (AFST 764), four courses of instruction in an African language, four courses in one of the above areas of concentration, four other approved courses offered in the Graduate School or professional schools, and two terms of Directed Reading and Research (AFST 900 a or b) during which students will complete the required thesis. A student who is able to demonstrate advanced proficiency in an African language may have the language requirement waived and substitute four other approved courses.

    East Asian Studies

    The joint degree in East Asian Studies is aimed at students wishing to address the cultural issues rooted in environmental dilemmas.  By integrating the study of environmental sciences with a cross-disciplinary exposure to the people, history, culture, contemporary society, politics, and economy of China, Japan or a transnational region within East Asia, students can go on to a doctorate or seek a terminal M.A degree before entering the business world, the media, or government service. The joint degree is strongly supported by the Council on East Asian Studies, and the Macmillan Center.

    Students who wish to complete the EAS Master’s Degree focus their course work on the study of China, Japan, or transnational East Asia. Some students may prefer to focus their course work on one or two disciplines, in addition to language study and courses focused on East Asia. Others may create a highly interdisciplinary program, taking courses in traditional disciplines such as history, literature, political science, art history, or anthropology, as well as in Yale’s professional schools. For more information, see CEAS Degree Requirements.

    European and Russian Studies

    The joint degree in European and Russian Studies is aimed at students wishing to address European economic, political, and cultural studies integrated with environmental issues.  By blending the study of environmental sciences with a cross-disciplinary exposure to the arts, history, cultures, politics, and development of Europe, students can go on to a doctorate or seek a terminal M.A degree before entering the business world, the media, or government service. The joint degree is strongly supported by the European Studies Council and the Macmillan Center. The geographical scope of the council’s activities extends from Ireland to the lands of the former Soviet Union.

    For the Master of Arts program in European and Russian Studies, students will specify as an area of primary concentration either (1) Russia and Eastern Europe, or (2) Central and Western Europe. All students must complete sixteen term courses (or their equivalent) in various fields related to European and Russian studies. A Master’s Thesis is required.

    Admissions

    Each school individually admits students in accordance with its own criteria. Prospective students may apply to the program prior to matriculation by submitting a separate application to each school during a single admissions cycle. For more information on admission, please visit YSE Masters Admissions and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

    Tuition

    Students pay tuition for three semesters at YSE, and three semesters at GSAS. For more information on applying for financial aid at YSE, please see the YSE financial aid website


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